30 years ago, the Bay Area suffered a double wammy tragedy: the assassination of Harvey Milk and George Moscone followed a couple of days later by the horror of Jonestown.
I first remember being aware that Jonestown was so horrific when a friend, whose mother is Guayanan, talked about the stigma she often encountered when she revealed that as a source of her heritage. That was back in college.
But moving to the Bay Area, I now live in a community in which I know colleagues or patients or friends who lost relatives, who attended the People's Temple but never made it to Jonestown. The tragedy is rife in this community and the memories are still very much alive today.